Vice President of Events and Fundraising
Ryan Will, 2018–2019 vice president of events and fundraising, is a rising senior studying communication with a public relations concentration and a minor in Spanish at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.
Will joined the PRSSA on his campus during his sophomore year and was elected as the Chapter president for the 2017–2018 academic year. During his tenure he traveled to the PRSSA 2017 National Assembly as his Chapter’s delegate in Seattle, attended the PRSSA 2017 Leadership Rally in Scottsdale, Ariz. and attended the PRSSA 2017 National Conference in Boston.
Will was also selected as one of the first fifteen Regional Ambassadors. In this role he facilitated communication between the National Committee and the PRSSA Chapters throughout N.C. and S.C.
In collaboration with Rachel Rhodes, Chapter president of PRSSA at UNC-Chapel Hill, Will submitted a bid to co-host a Regional Conference in 2018 and his Chapter was select. The cross-Chapter collaboration for the STEMulate PR Regional Conference was paramount to the success of the entire program. The conference had approximately 70 students in attendance from 14 different universities throughout the Southeast with a few from the Midwest. There were four simultaneous company tours followed by networking mixers with a variety of speaker panels and presentations. Proceeds from the conference will benefit Camp Kesem.
During the 2018 summer, Will is interning at BackBay Communications, a financial public relations firm, in Boston. Here he intends to expand his repertoire to encompass representing a variety of financial and financial technology clients.
Will was encouraged by colleagues to continue to take on additional roles with PRSSA National. He has experienced tremendous support from peers and received invaluable professional advice from various mentors throughout his time in PRSSA. He attributes his accolades in college to the decision to get involved in the Society and notes that PRSSA will give back just as much as you’re willing to put into it.
In his free time, Will enjoys traveling and exploring cities. He also has an appreciation for photography, design, and architecture.
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
– 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy